Thomas Krussig is a PhD candidate in economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to entering graduate school, Thomas earned his bachelor’s degree in business and economics and his master’s degree in economics with highest distinction from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in 2013. At PUC Chile, he was active in research and teaching, and awarded academic excellence scholarships in 2007 and 2013.
His research interests are in industrial organization and finance, with a theoretical bias. An example of his current work, joint with Professors Ben Handel and Philipp Strack of Berkeley, is an empirical study analyzing the effects of market mechanisms on formal reputation systems in illegal online drug markets, specifically The Silk Road, where seller reputation is the main explanation for the observed market stability. Thomas seeks to understand anonymous peer-to-peer markets through acquiring and analyzing new transaction and rating data, proposing new methods to interpret the data and connecting the data to economic concepts.